medical debt

North Carolina government aims to incentivize hospitals to relieve patients of medical debt

North Carolina state government is seeking to rid potentially billions in medical debt from low- and middle-income residents by offering a financial carrot for hospitals to take unpaid bills off the books. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled a plan Monday to take away patients' debt and help future patients receive deep discounts or enroll in charity programs. If federal Medicaid regulators approve it, the move would mean roughly 100 hospitals receiving enhanced federal Medicaid reimbursement funds could get even more funds. Other state and local governments have tapped into federal American Rescue Plan funds to cancel debt.